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January 29, 2000 | By Raad Cawthon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maybe people here really believed Michael Jordan when he retired last January and told the world he was looking forward to car-pooling his kids to school. While the rest of the world was saying "Yeah, right!" folks here seemed to think they and they alone would have their beloved Michael forever. "See, he loves us as much as we love him," Chicagoans sighed, maybe thinking Jordan would repair to his Highland Park estate, content to clip coupons, shine his earring, and wax his lovely head as the years slipped away.
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September 26, 2001 | By Stephen A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Jordan is back. Again. Three years after winning his sixth NBA championship and vowing there was a 99.9 percent chance he would never play professional basketball again, Jordan revealed one of the worst-kept secrets in sports yesterday. He officially announced that he will return to a game he dominated for a decade. The announcement was made without the euphoria and hype associated with his first return from retirement in 1995. Jordan said in a news release that he would return as a player for the Washington Wizards.
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October 30, 2001 | By Stephen A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There won't be an empty seat available at Madison Square Garden tonight. Security will be out in full force. Scalpers have asked for thousands, and fans with tickets won't sell theirs for thousands. All because Michael Jordan has returned. Again. The same Michael Jordan who spent 14 seasons establishing himself as the preeminent offensive force in the NBA is coming back after a three-year hiatus, bigger and stronger and just as hungry as ever. Jordan weighs about 218 pounds.
SPORTS
November 23, 2010
Who: Sixers (3-10) at Washington Wizards (4-8) When: 7 o'clock Where: Verizon Center TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WIP (610-AM)
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May 22, 2010
Celts' home jinx Having won the first two, the Boston Celtics are back home to play the Orlando Magic for Game 3 on Saturday, but that's not necessarily a good thing. The Celtics were one of only two NBA teams with a better record on the road than at home this season. 'Overzealous' staffer There it was on Facebook for all to see: the Washington Wizards telling the world they will draft John Wall with the No. 1 pick. Myron Goodman made the posting Friday on a Facebook page for University of Kentucky alumni.
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April 6, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
In danger of missing the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 years and struggling at 13-19, the Washington Wizards fired coach Bernie Bickerstaff yesterday and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant Jim Brovelli. General manager Wes Unseld said he would start contacting coaching candidates immediately, although he did not rule out Brovelli as a long-term solution. Bickerstaff's dismissal is the NBA's fourth coaching change this season, following Del Harris (Lakers), Dave Cowens (Charlotte)
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July 24, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Raja Bell of the 76ers was named the most valuable player of the Shaw's Pro Summer League in Boston yesterday. Playing with a Sixers team made up of rookies, free agents and reserves, Bell led the one-week league in scoring, with an average of 21.7 points per game over six games. He also had 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Bell, a guard, and Sixers forward Jumaine Jones were named to the all-league team, along with Dion Glover of the Atlanta Hawks, Kwame Brown of the Washington Wizards, and Joe Johnston of the Boston Celtics.
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March 19, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
It was not so much a closely contested game as it was another series of lessons. The curriculum covered a wide range of topics - namely, passing, rebounding, executing plays and clutch foul shots at the end. They are lessons the 76ers hope they'll never forget. The Sixers played with more energy and competitiveness than in Tuesday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets. They even made things interesting late, but the outcome was all too familiar as the Washington Wizards took a 99-94 victory Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 2, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - It seems like the 76ers are destined to lose no matter how hard they play. Monday night was a prime example. The Sixers played their best basketball since the all-star break and had the Washington Wizards in a headlock for much of the second half. But they still ended up losing, 116-108, at the Verizon Center. It was all because of John Wall. The Wizards point guard scored 16 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter. Perhaps his biggest points came during Washington's 16-0 run that gave it a 102-93 lead with 5 minutes, 43 seconds left.
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February 29, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
The 76ers had their chairman of basketball operations in attendance, more balance on offense, and a little more bounce in their step. But they suffered the same old result. Jerry Colangelo was in town for a meeting with coach Brett Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie. He took in Friday's game before flying back to Phoenix on Saturday. The Sixers looked sharper than in recent games, but still had critical moments when they couldn't hit a timely basket or make a stop. That's why they lost their seventh straight game and 11th in the last 12. This time it was a 103-94 decision to the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center.
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February 7, 2016 | BY BOB COONEY, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Brett Brown can live with the thousands of missed shots he's seen over his two-plus seasons as the head of the 76ers. Missed defensive assignments, turnovers and brain cramps annoy him, but won't deflate the coach. There is only one area Brown won't tolerate with his young club, and that's when they fail to compete. Talent will win out most nights, and the Sixers rarely will be favored in that battle. But to give away games because of a dispirited effort, that will cost the coach more than a few nights of sleep.
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October 11, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THERE HAVE been eight practice sessions, a couple of shootarounds and two preseason games for the 76ers so far this season. Certainly not a copious amount of material from which to draw steadfast conclusions, but enough to form some early opinions. The biggest topic of this season will, of course, be rookie Jahlil Okafor. While expectations for this team aren't even at sea level, the visions of what Okafor could become are pretty much what is keeping fans interested in this organization right now. There certainly have been flashes, such as making his first five shots in his first game against the Washington Wizards.
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October 9, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not everyone was overjoyed with Jahlil Okafor's impressive performance against the Washington Wizards. That's especially true of Marcin Gortat, the Wizards center who took the brunt of the 76ers rookie center's domination. "One thing is sure: He's on my list right now," Gortat told the media Tuesday after 129-95 Wizards victory at the Verizon Center. "The next four games, I'm coming, I'm coming," Gortat added. "I hope he's going to read that. I'm coming. I'm coming for him. " Gortat actually will get five cracks at Okafor.
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April 10, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN HE LEARNED before the game that Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was going to sit for that ever-popular reason of rest, Sixers coach Brett Brown turned his focus straight to Wizards center Marcin Gortat. No surprise there, as last week in Washington the 6-11, 240-pound center torched Brown's club for 23 points and 14 rebounds, making 10 of his 11 shots. What was surprising last night was how many times the 76ers defense managed to lose sight of the hulking center at the Wells Fargo Center, particularly in the first half.
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April 10, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The 76ers entered the merciful final week of their season Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, a team so disinterested in the outcome that star guard John Wall was given the night off to rest up for more important nights to come. Not that it mattered. The Wizards exploited a confused Sixers defense, shot 65.3 percent from the floor, and won, 119-90. As if that wasn't ugly enough, Nerlens Noel sprained his right ankle in the final quarter, apparently a significant sprain, and he is even money to be shut down for the rest of the season.
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April 3, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - With a few more struggling performances like this for the 76ers, some of their desired NBA draft prospects will definitely be there for the taking. A 106-93 setback to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center was another step in the right direction toward securing a quality lottery pick. The Sixers remain in third place in the race to the bottom behind the cellar-dwelling New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves with six games remaining. If the season ended Wednesday, the Sixers (18-58)
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